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Tips for Maintaining Your Hair in the Tropics

The heat and humidity of the tropics can create all sorts of hair-related problems. Frizzy hair and split ends are common as the humidity...

Learning More About Uncommon Tropical Vegetables

Singapore residents, or those visiting Singapore in the coming months, have an opportunity to learn more about some uncommon tropical vegetables. A new exhibition...

How to Prepare Spicy Sambal

Sambal is a chilli sauce or paste, and widely used as a condiment in many tropical countries, especially Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Sri...

The Versatile Banana Plant – More Than Just Fruit

Banana plants, with their broad flat leaves swaying gently in the breeze and clusters of bananas hanging from under them, are a common sight...

The Traditional Lungi: From Humble Attire to Sartorial Style

The South Indian lungi is a cool and comfortable garment worn by men that is similar to the sarong that is popular with both...

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The Pros and Cons of Living in Tropical Countries

For most of us born and raised in a tropical country, we really couldn’t think of living anywhere else. The thought of living in...

Golden Cane Palms – Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em!

The Golden Cane palm (Dypsis lutescens) is a popular landscaping plant throughout the tropics. Its yellowy-gold petioles and infloresences and the more brownish-golden colour...

Pitfalls of Building a House in the Philippines

A Story of an Expat's Experience and Lessons Learned Building your own house can be rewarding for some and stressful for others, but it’s always...

Using Plants to Stabilize Slopes in the Tropics

In the small garden, the stabilization of steep slopes is usually achieved through the building of retaining walls. These can be built using a...

Can You Grow Mushrooms in the Tropics?

Growing your own edible and medicinal mushrooms is something that can boggle the minds of even experienced horticulturalists. In the tropics, it may seem...

What Are the Best Fabrics for Tropical Climates?

One of the advantages of living in the tropics is that we don’t have to spend so much on our wardrobes. That’s especially so...

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Best Ways to Make Compost in the Tropics

Turn leaves and organic scraps into Nature’s soil conditioner and improve plant performance in the garden Our modern consumer orientated society annually discards billions of...

A Delicious Asian Recipe for Rusty Jobfish

The Rusty Jobfish (Aphareus rutilans), which is also known in some countries as the Ironjaw Snapper, is a common reef fish that grows up...

Winter Dishes for the Tropics

It may seem strange to those who don’t live in the tropics when we talk about a winter, but in nearly every tropical country...

Special Tomato-based Pasta Sauce with Mamey Sapote

The mamey sapote (Pouteria sapota) is a popular tropical garden fruit in Central American and the Caribbean.  It’s not so well known in other...

How to Make Nasi Ulam Rice Salad

If you have lived or traveled in Southeast Asia, you probably came across nasi ulam, a type of tropical rice salad that is often...

Gardenias – White Roses of the Tropics

It’s hard to grow roses in the tropics - unless you are lucky enough to live in a cool highland region - but several...
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